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2017 Best's Old Vine Pinot Meunier

Grampians, VIC

An absolutely classic Australian wine from a truly great producer.

HIGH SCORE

$95.00

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About

About The Wine

This is a little piece of Australia's wine history. The year is 1868. Best's Great Western. Eleven rows of Pinot Meunier are planted along side a little Pinot Noir. Phylloxera wipes out Europe's vines. Best's vines remained untouched.

They now boast the oldest vines of this variety on the planet. In fact, the French have made the odd visit out to the Best's nursery block to pilfer some cuttings of this ancient clone. If you are a true wine geek, you should be swooning by now.

There is ever so little of this wine made. Most years, it is declassified down into the Young Vine Pinot Meunier but every so often the quality and quantity is high enough to warrant a solo release. Each vintage is highly collectable.

It disappears into the cellars of people in the know very, very, quickly. This is a rare bird in Australian wine and one well worth saving for a special occasion.

About Best's Great Western

Best's Great Western is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the country.

Their iconic Nursery Block is home to some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties that can be found anywhere in the world. Established in the late 1860s, this precious vineyard is envied by much of the wine growing world.

Their wines are consistently excellent: the Shiraz dark and powerful, the Rieslings full flavoured and impeccably balanced, and the rare releases of Old Vine Meunier and Thomson Family Shiraz are some of the most collectable red wines in the country.

The Thomson family, and the Best family before them, have given us one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.

Viv and Ben Thomson
Viv and Ben Thomson
Great Western, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

This is one of the wines, the Thomson family and whole team really get excited about. Not only because of its limited production and rarity but because we all simply love to drink it. Young or old, it amazes us for its balance, length, flavours, longevity and it's simple drinkability.

The 2017 is a return to the style made in the 70's through to the 90's. Slightly lighter but with more aromatics, greater length and one of the best our winemaker has said he's made. The dried rose petal and culinary spices form part of a deep scented aroma. Glacé cherries with savoury spicy notes, bond in a harmonious marriage with the lingering velvet structure. Try it with dried morel mushrooms rehydrated in melted Irish butter, tossed with a dash of cream and homemade pappardelle pasta.

Blocks - 1868 Original Pinot Meunier, Creek & Pig Sty blocks.

Blend : Pinot Meunier (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Justin Purser & Ben Thomson
Winemaker Justin Purser & Ben Thomson
Grampians, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

92Points
The Wine Front

"Oh for a time machine to ask Henry Best what he liked about pinot meunier to plant it in 1868 in his vineyard in Great Western. Wonderful that it’s survived to make this wine today.It’s not a wine to stretch the imagination but it has immediate charm. Glossy texture, light weight yet flavoursome, highly perfumed and set to white strawberry, vanilla, briary notes and faint white pepper, there’s drinkability in spades despite it feeling like a relatively simple wine. It’s long in flavour, smooth and balanced well (texture is glorious), with a refreshing, gently bitter twist in its extended flavours. Enthusiasts and collectors will be well served." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

98Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It's rare that I feel a compulsion to swallow some of the wine I taste in the normal 70 or so wines sampled per day for the Wine Companion, but I plead guilty here. Its unique 150+ years of history makes it impossible for this wine to be made anywhere else in the world. Even if you were just tasting history it would have its call, but when you add in a very good vintage and sure hands in the winery, you would likely buy it just for its quality. Light but bright crimson, its length is prodigious, its scented bouquet a siren call, the palate silk." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

Sydney Metro orders will be delivered the next day 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday. We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 23rd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Sydney Metro here.

Melbourne Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and delivered the following day in Melbourne (Tues/Wed/Fri). We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 22nd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Melbourne Metro here.

Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

Authority to Leave and other delivery instructions can be left in the ‘SPECIAL REQUESTS’ box during checkout. The 'SPECIAL REQUESTS' box can be found on the here page before the final checkout page.

Warehouse Pickup is available at our Sydney warehouse at 3 Fig, Ultimo, 2007. You are not able to browse our warehouse shelves and we are not licenced to sell over the counter, so please place your order online or over the phone before arriving. Feel free to call on arrival on 1300 668 385 and we can bring your order out to your vehicle.

Express Same Day Delivery is available for Sydney postcodes within 10km of the CBD. There is a $10 delivery surcharge and the order is needs to be placed before 12pm midday

Our Heat Policy can be viewed here. If you would like us to hold dispatch of your order for milder weather please leave instructions to do so in the 'SPECIAL REQUESTS' box found on the cart page before the final checkout. We are happy to hold it for as long as you like. All orders are fully insured so you can buy with full confidence that these tasty beverages will get to you in tip-top shape.

Returns are free for 100 days after purchase. You can view the conditions of our return policy here

For any other shipping related inquiries, please see our helpful FAQ, email us at hello@differentdrop.com or call us on 1300 668 385..

FaQs

Do I have to order in dozens? No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts? No, our pricing is designed to be the best in market already - no marking up and then discounting down! For very large orders (weddings, etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call.

Do we price match? Yes, within reason. Everyday low & consistent pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll consider matching it. We'll even retrospectively issue you store credit if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

Can coupons and discounts be stacked? No, only one discount or coupon can be applied to an order at once.

I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me? This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store? No. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: 3 Fig St, Ultimo, 2007/ Please make sure you have placed your order before arriving at the warehouse

Can I special order a wine you do not sell? If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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